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Historic day for women in Lebanon as Parliament repeals rape law

Friday, August 18, 2017

On the heels of Jordan and Tunisia scrapping discriminatory rape laws, the Lebanese Parliament agreed on 16 August, to abolish the Penal Code Article 522, the infamous “rape law” or “rape-marriage” law, which exempted a rapist from punishment if he married his victim. More

Jordanian Parliament abolishes law that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In a historic move, on 3 August, the Parliament of Jordan voted to abolish the infamous “rape law”—article 308 of the Penal Code—which allowed a rapist to avoid prosecution by marrying his victim for a minimum period of five years. More

UN Women meets with Women Leaders and Civil Society Organizations in Baghdad

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

UN Women meets with Women Leaders and Civil Society Organizations in Baghdad More

From where I stand: “Women have to be at the heart of the Africa of tomorrow”

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mehrezia Maïza Labidi chaired many of the plenary sessions that led to the birth of Tunisia’s new constitution, which includes a clause guaranteeing women’s rights. A vocal advocate for young women's participation and leadership in politics, she took part in the High-Level Women Leaders’ Forum for Africa’s Transformation and the launch of the African Women Leaders’ Network. More

UN Women and Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs Join Forces for the Benefit of Lebanese Women

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Aiming at showcasing future humanitarian projects to be implemented in Lebanon in 2017-2018, and seeking out mechanisms to execute its various phases, UN Women and the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs held a technical and coordination meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 18 th, 2017. The purpose of the projects funded by several donors including Japan Government, Ford Foundation and UN Human Security Fund, is to create an environment in which every woman and girl exercises her human rights... More

Finding a new normal in the Za’atari refugee camp

Monday, June 19, 2017

Of Syrian and Jordanian descent, Hadeel Al-Zoubi, 40 years old, is the UN Women Senior Camp Assistant at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. She joined UN Women in 2013 because she felt compelled to help people caught in the Syrian refugee crisis. More

UN Women response to naming of a community centre in Burqa village in the occupied West Bank

Friday, May 26, 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the Centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016 More

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

Monday, May 22, 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

From where I stand: “It was my dream to wear the uniform”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Wafa Sharqawi was among the first women to join the Palestinian Civil Police in 1997, going against all norms. The only family member who supported her decision at the time was her brother, who followed in her footsteps and became a police officer later. Today, Colonel Sharqawi liaises with UN Women and other international agencies on security sector reform and gender-responsive police services. Gender equality is becoming a priority within the Palestinian police force, and public perceptions about women in police are shifting. More

“It Takes a Woman” to build peace in Syria

Thursday, April 13, 2017

UN Women launches audiovisual campaign at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the Region More

Arab men figures join #HeForShe campaign to advocate for gender equality

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Men figures from all over the Arab world, as partners in journey, responsibility, and life are gathered in a video campaign by UN Women, Regional Office for Arab States, in partnership with HeForShe to engage men as agents of change to achieve women empowerment and gender equality. More

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp. More

UN Secretary-General visits UN Women centre in Za’atari refugee camp, his first stop on his visit to Jordan

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan on Tuesday morning, 28 March 2017. Coming ahead of his participation at the Arab Summit (Dead Sea, 23-29 March 2017), this is the first official visit of Mr. Guterres to Jordan and the region in his capacity as UN Secretary-General. More

UN Women kicks of International Women’s Day with appeal for ending GBV in Lebanon

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Despite significant advances in programming and policy, gender-based violence remains pervasive in Lebanon. An estimated one in three women experiences physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Thus, UN Women is putting the GBV at the center of its efforts in connection with the International Women’s Day, at a critical time when the humanitarian situation and fragile contexts are mushrooming across the region with grave impact on women and girls.  Under the... More

The UN system in the Arab/MENA Region kicks off International Women’s Day with an eye on Planet 50-50 by 2030

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cairo, 07 March 2017- Despite progress in advancing gender equality globally, women in the Arab region remain underrepresented across all spheres of life, including in the workforce. More

Cairo – Finding Women at Work Should Not be this Hard

Thursday, February 23, 2017

In  preparation  for  International  Women’s  Day,  UN  Women  Egypt  launches  new  print campaign titled “Finding Her” under the umbrella of UN Women’s global campaign “Planet 50-50 by 2030-Step it Up for Gender Equality” which calls upon governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. Highlighting women’s... More

Condolences on the death of Ms. Ameera BinKaram

Monday, October 24, 2016

UN Women mourns the tragic loss of Ms. Ameera BinKaram, together with her mother and sister, in an accidental fire at her home Saturday, 22 October. As Deputy Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment; Chairperson of the Sharjah Women´s Business council; and a founding member and President of Friends of Cancer Patients society, United Arab Emirates, she was a leading light in the region. Ms. BinKaram was a passionate advocate for the realization of women’s... More

Responding to the needs of Women and Girls Subject to Violence: a comprehensive package

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Together with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, UN Women is launching the “Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence” on Thursday, October 19 in the United Arab Emirates. The package has been developed as part of a four-year joint global programme between UNFPA and UN Women, in partnership with WHO, UNDP and UNODC with the goal of providing female survivors of violence better access to a coordinated set of essential and quality services that... More

New commitments to gender equality in the Arab Region

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Opening session of #iifmena 2016. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig In a new milestone for the women of the Arab Region, “Investing in the Future- Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region” conference closed with the adoption of the “Sharjah Declaration for the Rights and Empowerment of Women and Girls” - a comprehensive statement of commitments to achieve gender equality. The two-day conference brought together government officials and... More

UN Women and Islamic Relief Worldwide launch a partnership

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Naser Haghamed, Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) launching a joint Memorandum of understanding. Photo: UN Women/Chris Herwig.  UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Naser Haghamed, officially launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the United Arab Emirates on 19 October to strengthen joint work on gender equality and... More

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